The Desk Organizer set was the second entry in my Home Office collection. Developed in collaboration with rising talent Youie Cho, it was an attempt to articulate a simpler, more refined design vision. The products would do what they were spec’d to do - with flair, but without fuss. Subtler gestures would reign supreme.
Pushing the envelope: a tensegrity structure composed of a single interconnected piece of plastic
Subtler gestures would reign supreme. Some surfaces (note the underside of the chalice and the topside of the tower, pictured below) would have a soft, fuzzy effect, akin to a napped fabric.
Other surfaces would forefront the printed layer lines, nearly a millimeter thick apiece, akin to a tiny coil pot.
Layer lines should be celebrated, not hidden
These minute effects, ironically enough, presented the biggest challenge of the collection. Homing in on a pleasant fuzz took dozens of prototypes involving a delicate interplay between CAD geometry and slicer settings. Achieving thick layers required me to rebuild my printer’s extruder to force through more filament, plus figure out a new approach to slicing.
The final challenge was aesthetic: develop a coherent style, a consistent geometric vocabulary. This meant walls that are multiples of 4 mm thick, fillets in the shape of aerofoils, silhouettes arising from extruded rectangles and intersecting arcs, and various other ‘nouns’ and ‘verbs’.
So. Could these products have been produced using a traditional manufacturing method? Absolutely. Would this imbue each piece with a personality arising from the hand of the artist? Absolutely not.